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Batuk Bhairab Temple

A small Hindu Temple in the Center of Lalitpur

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Batuk Bhairabh Temple is a one-story pagoda-style temple with a brass roof. Batuk Bhairabh temple is located in the near to Patan Durbar Square.

The main uniqueness of this temple is, that contains a stone shrine, which is known as Bhairabh. The shrine is located next to lord Ganesh, lord Kumar, and Goddess Kumari. The temple was built by King Amshuvarma of the Lichhavi Period between 595 and 621 CE after visiting Prayag. Later Juddha Shumsher Rana repaired it in 1912 B.S.

Batuk Bhairav Temple Front View

Story Behind the Batuk Bhairabh

When these three gods disagreed about who was the best of them, Lord Shiva manifested himself as the angry Bhairabh to frighten Brahma and Bishnu away. Brahma's five heads are thought to have been severed by Shiva when the latter countered that Brahma was superior because he was the Creator. 

Batuk Bhairav was created, according to the historic document Shakti Sangam from the Kali Khanda canon, to slay the demonic Aapad who received a potent blessing from Brahma. Aapad abused his power to wreak destruction on the earth, in hell, and in Heaven.

Gods who were furious with the devil for his crimes pooled their powers to produce a five-year-old kid. Batuk Bhairabh was the boy, a living representation of time and space. Due to his boon, Aapad could not be killed in the present, past, or future. As a result, Batuk briefly stopped time, dismembered Aapad, and saved the entire living thing.

Hindu Astrology and Batuk Bhairabh

If you believe in Hindu astrology, then you probably know there is a Sani Dosha, Sani Dosh caused by the planet Saturn - Hindu Astrology

To remove Sani Dosha, they worship Batuk Bhairabh. Insomnia, indolence, and numerous losses in one's bodily, mental, and psychic well-being, as well as those of one's immediate family, ensue from a weak Saturn.

In plainer language, Sani Dosha causes a decline in lifestyle and quality of life. One can find relief from their worries by worshiping Batuk Bhairabh on a given day of the week for specific days. On Saturdays, they also give food to Bhairabh's animal form, the black hounds.

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